PeopleAdmin in Huffington Post Blog: Technology Can’t Replace the Human Touch

If you know anything about PeopleAdmin, you probably think of us as a technology company, a leader in talent management software for education and government. At our core, however, we’re really a people company. We’re people helping people—in this case, our education customers—recruit, hire, and develop the best people they can to teach their students and run their schools.

In much the same way, technology is revolutionizing the way we educate—from instruction to grading to assessment. But at the heart of that revolution? Teachers. Technology itself doesn’t improve education; teachers do. Technology can’t provide students with inspiration, motivation, and encouragement; teachers can.

In an opinion piece today in the Huffington Post Education’s The Blog, Kermit Randa writes both personally and as the CEO of PeopleAdmin to remind us all that when it comes to teaching our youth and improving education, technology matters, but our teachers matter most.

“Even as we celebrate the contribution technology makes to helping educators do their job most effectively,” Randa says, “it is important to recognize there is one thing technology will never replace: the value of the human element in helpings schools, students, and communities succeed …”

What’s more, as millions of teachers, staff, and students head back to the classroom to begin a new school year, Randa challenges all of us in the blog to make sure we “thank our educators.” “Let’s remember to thank our educators for the indispensable role they play in nurturing the young minds of those who will lead our country into the future,” he says. “Now, more than ever, they deserve our praise, our appreciation, and our support.”

It’s in our human nature to typically say thanks once a job is done. For educators, that means the end of a term, a school year, maybe graduation. This year, as Randa says, let’s not wait.

Click to read Kermit Randa’s post,In Education, Technology Helps, But Humans Matter Most” at HuffPost Education.